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Elmer Sylvanus Firestone
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Birth: Aug., 1864
East Fairfield
Columbiana County
Ohio, USA
Death: Oct. 21, 1926
Los Angeles County
California, USA

Married Mary Costello 02 Jan 1888 in Detroit, Wayne, Michigan in Michigan. Elmer was age 23 and Mary was age 18. Mary died 1908 from TB and it is unknown if they seperated or divorced prior to 1908. He married Oct 9, 1910 Cleveland, Cuyaboga County Ohio to Lydia Delia Alban - this is under study. 2014

Written under "Elmer Firestone" in old Vollnogle-Firestone photo album. Photo placed in album next to brother Harvey Firestone. (baby photo) Album compiled by Alice Irene Vollnogle Rupert. It is still in keeping with Rupert family - St Rt 7 Columbiana (near Firestone Farms). Courtesy of Mary Paden Rupert Aug 8, 2009.

Elmer S Firestone, formerly of Des Moines, IA, will make their home at Chicago, Ill, in the future, Mrs Firestone having accepted a position with the Stover Manufacturing Co, a company in which th Columbus Buggy Company is understood to have a controlling interest. (no date) 1895?

Google books
The Hub, The Automotive Manufacturer, Volume 37

Note - Elmers last 3 children with Mary Costello were born in Chicago Ill. Article mentions he moved to Chicago from Des Moines, IA, however he had children born in Nebraska. Comment - had to be difficult on family always moving. Short bio confirms moving alot.

Short bio posted to - author unknown at present:
Short Biography for Elmer Sylvanus Firestone

Elmer Firestone married Mary E. Costello on January 2, 1888 in Detroit, MI. Daughter "Kate" was born on February 5, 1891 in Nebraska. Elmer, wife Mary and Kate moved to Des Moines, IA in 1892. In 1894, they had a son named Nicholas. Using business directories the family had moved to St. Louis, MO. They were there less than a year. The family moved to Chicago, IL. In 1895, Abraham Lincoln Firestone was born. In 1896 they stayed in Chicago, IL and had another son named Clinton DeWitt. In 1897, they were still in Chicago and had a daughter named Mary Elizabeth.
In 1900, Elmer, Kate, Lincoln and Clinton returned to the Firestone Farm in Columbiana County, OH. Also, in 1900 Elmer's wife Mary took the other two children, Nicholas and Mary back to Ann Arbor, MI. They lived with Mary's mother. It appears the family spilt in half. A newspaper article contains the obituary for Mary Costello. She had been living in NY. She authored one book (there may be more). She may have left to pursue her writing career. She died in 1909. In 1910 Elmer married Lydia Delia Alban. In 1911 Kate married Merlin Eldrid Ake. In 1914 Lincoln was living with Elmer's mother at the Firestone Farm. He committed suicide by a gunshot to his stomach. Harvey Firestone signed his death certificate. In 1930, Nicholas died. He was living in Akron, OH and working for his uncle Harvey Firestone at Firestone Tire. Clinton was also a resident in Akron, OH until his death in 1971. Mary moved to Florida sometime before 1920. In 1980, Kate died, she had been living in Akron, OH.


In addition to linked children he had Catherine A born Feb 1891 in Nebraska. She was living in Columbiana Ohio per 1900 census with her father and several siblings - however wife Mary still alive in Michigan where she died in 1908 at home. She had TB. Not all making logic but will continue to study. She died as Mary Firestone. Her stone only reads "Daughter" Only child not located is Mary Elizabeth born 1897, who is likley with her mother in 1900. Not sure why Elmer and Mary seperated. Her illness? This agrees with what other researchers have found. Since Mary Costello Firestone died in 1910, she may not be on 1910 census. Where did young child go, Mary Elizabeth Firestone and who raised her.

Groom's name: Elmer S. Firestone
Groom's race or color (on document):
Groom's age: 23 years
Groom's birth year: 1865
Groom's birthplace: Ohio
Bride's name: Mary Costello
Bride's race or color (on document):
Bride's age: 18 years
Bride's birth year: 1870
Bride's birthplace: Michigan
Marriage type:
Marriage date: 02 Jan 1888
Marriage place: Detroit, Wayne, Michigan
Groom's father's name: Benj. Firestone
Groom's mother's name: Kate Flickinger
Father of bride's name: Keiron Costello
Mother of bride's name: Mary O'Haris
Marital status:
Groom's previous wife's name:
Bride's marital status:
Bride's previous husband's name:
Additional relatives:
Film number: 2342482
Frame number:
Digital GS number: 4207677
Image number: 345
Reference number: v 3 p 563 rn 670
Collection: Michigan Marriages 1868-1925

Name: Elmer S Firestone
Residence: Fairfield Township (excl. Columbiana vill.), Columbiana, Ohio
Birthdate: Aug 1863
Birthplace: Ohio
Relationship to head-of-household: Son
Spouse's name:
Spouse's titles:
Spouse birthplace:
Father's name: Benjamin Firestone
Father's titles:
Father's birthplace: Ohio
Mother's name: Catherine Firestone
Mother's titles:
Mother's birthplace: Ohio
Race or color (expanded): White
Head-of-household name: Benjamin Firestone
Gender: Male
Marital status: Married
Years married: 12
Estimated marriage year: 1888
Mother how many children:
Number living children:
Immigration year:
Enumeration district: 0005
Sheet number and letter: 20A
Household id: 328
Reference number: 46
GSU film number: 1241248
Image number: 00755
Collection: 1900 United States Census

From the Ancestry Forum..

May Ester b 25 dec 1888-d 1july 1889.
Catherine A. B 5 feb.1891-d Dec1980 (married Ake)
Nicholas J b-25 july 1889. (found)
Abraham Lincoln b 16 aug.1895-d 7dec.1914 (Found)
Clinton Dewitt b12 july 1896-d April 1971
Mary Elizabeth b july 1897-death?


In 1900 Elmer is living in Columbiana Co living with his father yet lists himself as married 12 years, however no wife (should be Mary Costello) in house. He is living with his parents in Fairfield Twp Columbiana and occupation as farm laboror. He does have all but youngest child with him in Columbiana, Catherine A age 9, Abraham, age 4, and Clinton Dewitt age 3, in house. Another daughter Mary Elizabeth born 1897, appears to be with maternal grandparents in Michigan. Elmer moved alot with his family and could be a reason a stable home could not be established.

Daughter Catherine Firestone went on to marry Merlin Eldren Ake. Catherine died as Catherine Ake in 1980 Summit Co Ohio. She is buried in Rosemont Cemetery Akron Ohio per grand daughter - updated 4/27/2015

Elmer 9 October 1910 married Lydia Delia Alban. It appears he had a child with her Imelda Melinda Firestone b 1917. (She may have married a Bloxham) under study

Spouse - Lydia Delia Alban,
Date of Marriage - 9 October 1910,
Place of Marriage - Cleveland, Cuyaboga (County?), OH,

Family links: 
  Benjamin Firestone (1831 - 1904)
  Catherine Flickinger Firestone (1838 - 1916)
  May Elizabeth Costello Firestone (1869 - 1908)
  Lydia Delia Alban Firestone (1884 - 1949)
  Etta May Firestone (1888 - 1889)*
  Catherine Agatha Firestone Ake (1891 - 1980)*
  Nicholas Joseph Firestone (1894 - 1930)*
  Lincoln Abraham Firestone (1895 - 1914)*
  Clinton Dewitt Firestone (1896 - 1971)*
  Mary Elizabeth Firestone Baars (1897 - 1991)*
  Imelda Firestone Bloxham (1917 - 1985)*
  John Allen Firestone (1858 - 1860)**
  Idella L Firestone (1860 - 1862)**
  Elmer Sylvanus Firestone (1864 - 1926)
  Harvey Samuel Firestone (1868 - 1938)*
  Robert James Firestone (1873 - 1930)*
*Calculated relationship
Columbiana Cemetery
Columbiana County
Ohio, USA
Plot: Old Sec 8 Rows 7 & 8
Created by: Anne Rupert
Record added: Aug 10, 2009
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